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justinmerritt fire sermon for choir & orchestra


Fire Sermon (Adittapariyaya Sutta) The All is aflame. The eye is aflame. Forms are aflame. Consciousness is aflame. Aflame with what? Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of hate, the fire of delusion. Aflame with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, with lamentations, with pains, with griefs, with despairs. The ear is aflame. Sounds are aflame... The nose is aflame. Aromas are aflame... The tongue is aflame. Flavors are aflame... The body is aflame. Touch is aflame... The mind is aflame. Ideas are aflame. Consciousness is aflame. Intellect is aflame. Through dispassion, he is fully released. With full release, there is liberation. Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world. based on translations from the Pali Canon (Samyutta Nikaya XXXV.28) by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Ă‘anamoli Thera


INSTRUMENTATION piccolo flute 1-2 oboe 1-2 english horn clarinet 1-2 bass clarinet bassoon 1-2 contrabassoon horn 1-4 trumpet 1-2 trombone 1-2 bass trombone tuba timpani (set of 4) percussion (3 players) 4 high drums, 4 low drums, bass drum, tam tam, marimba, tubular bells, xylophone, 1 crotale piano strings


The Fire Sermon was the third of the three cardinal discourses of the Buddha. In the first two, the Buddha set out his basic teachings to a small group of fellow spiritual seekers. But the third was “… the delivered to a crowd highlight of of 1000 firethe year worshiping ascetics. came Nov. 9 In this sermon, the with Justin Buddha turns the Merritt's image of fire into a Five metaphor for the Preludes for suffering caused by piano…” craving and clinging. -Peter He exhorts the crowd Schimpf, to give up desire and Bloomington to find the end of Independent suffering through dispassion, to release the heart from greed, hatred, and delusion. -notes by the composer

commissioned by Christopher Aspass and the St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Steven Amundson and the St. Olaf Orchestra

“Several times I wrote "Wow!" next to a work being played...” -Peter Jacobi, Herald Times

justinmerrit

NOTES ON THE PROGRAM

In 2000 composer Justin Merritt (bn. 1975)   was the youngest-ever winner of the ASCAP Foundation/Rudolph Nissim Award for Janus Mask. He is also the winner of a host of other awards including the 2008-09 Copland Award, the 2008 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Prize for River of Blood, and the 2006 Polyphonos Prize

He received his Bachelors from Trinity University   and his Masters and Doctorate from “…demands Indiana University.  an audience's He studied attention… composition with Merritt's Samuel Adler, Svenpiece was the David Sandström, standout.” Claude B a k e r, -Rob Timothy Kramer, Don Hubbard, Freund, and Pioneer Press electronic and computer music with Jeffrey Hass. He is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at St. Olaf College. He resides in Northfield, Minnesota with his wife Yuedong and their children Cullen Fang Ouxiang and Molly Fang Qinghe.

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for Christopher Aspaas & the St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Steven Amundson & the St. Olaf Orchestra

Dur: c. 4' Score in C

Justin Merritt

Fire Sermon for choir & orchestra

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choral orchestral

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solo

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Standard Deviation!.............................................................................................violin Bar for Hans Sachs!.................................................................................................flute Veloce!.......................................................................................................violin & piano Coupling!................................................................................................................organ Drum Break!...................................................................................................percussion

chamber

! ! ! !

Janus Mask!.................................................................................................. ! winds in 2s River of Blood!.............................................................................................winds in 2s Dervish!.........................................................................................................winds in 2s Lachryme!..............................................................................................string orchestra Monster!........................................................................................................winds in 3s

A Gauze of Misted Silver!..........................................................string quartet & harp Ravening!..................................................................................................string quartet Invocation!....................................................................................................8 solo brass The Day Florestan Murdered Magister Raro!............clarinet, violin, cello, & piano Trio!.................................................................................................violin, cello, & piano

piano

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